As many of you may know, I am in the midst of re-watching season 4 on DVD. Last night I watched episodes 4.17-4.20, all episodes that explain Sloane’s Rambaldi obsession and Elena’s final end-game. I am so glad I went back! I understand now! I have a firm grasp on the complexity of those four episodes and I think I can relay what I have learned in a coherent manner, as to inform you all! YAHOO!!
Bottom line- Sloane found comfort in the arms of Rambaldi after the death of he and Emily’s daughter, Jacqueline. I do believe, somewhere in all the hub-bub of this season and the HOLY CRAP factor of last season’s finale, we lost sight of where Rambaldi began for Sloane. He saw Nadia as the one final step in completely his journey. When she refused to help him (thus, not walking on the glass floor to retrieve the Rambaldi Sphere of Life) Sloane took the walk on his own, nearly falling to his death. But Nadia, the good wholesome daughter she is, helped her father from the hole and Sloane vowed never to speak of Rambaldi again. His obsession began with the loss of a daughter and ended with the gaining of one. I finally felt satisfied; it felt full circle for me to watch that again and understand it purely related to Sloane.
Watching the “In Dreams” episode in which the Sloane Clone is shocked back into this own brain, I found some overwhelming parallels to this season and tonight’s episode. One, Emily returns in the “In Dreams” episode, much like Vaughn will return tonight. Sloane is put under hypnosis in order to remember the deep buried pain of losing Jacqueline. This buried pain was necessary in shocking the Clone into revealing the whereabouts of the magical Rambaldi orchid. Tonight, Sydney will be put under in order for P5 to retrieve, no doubt vital information that will help them in their search for whatever it is they are looking for. It also seems interesting that both Emily and Sydney are presented as pregnant in these “dreams” or states of unconsciousness. This may be a stretch, but I saw Emily’s pregnancy and the death of their child representative of Sloane’s downward spiral into the world of Rambaldi. Jacqueline was to give Sloane something to live for, and when she died, his rationality and sense of reality died with her. Sydney’s pregnancy, especially in tonight’s episode, I find to be a new beginning for both Sydney and Vaughn. Sydney will be able to be the mother she never had and Vaughn will get to the father he always envisioned he had.
Parental relationships took over in the later half of season 4 and I feel they are making a come back. We saw Irina meet Nadia for the first time, we saw Sloane shoot Nadia in order to save Sydney. This season we’ve seen Jack reach out to his pregnant daughter, Sloane go to great lengths to save his daughter and we’ve seen Sydney pace APO as she tries to bring down the men that “killed” Vaughn and threaten her baby. We can assume that as this season progresses, the family bonds and relationships will only get stronger, especially with the birth of Baby Bristow-Vaughn.
Aside from these parallels, I was able to better under Elena’s plan by re-watching these episodes. Sloane admitted that as CEO of Omni-Fam, he put additives in the water supply of several third world countries; addictives that would alter brain chemistry and render the population more susceptible to of feelings empathy and generosity (hence, why Sloane is constantly drinking water in season 3.) He believed he was following Rambaldi’s message of peace and he had no idea that the additive’s positive affects could be reversed. Meanwhile, Elena was plotting, using the Sloane Clone to gather Rambaldi artifacts and materials needed for her endgame. We come to understand that the Sloane Clone was created by our fav man of mind games, McCullough (played by the wonderful Angus Scrimm.) At SD-6, McCullough made a “copy” of Sloane’s brain waves, which McCullough later used to convince Ned Bulger that he was Arvin Sloane. It was Sloane who tipped McCullough to the CIA raid on SD-6. This is just too neat and pretty for me. So convenient that the one man that can help Elena create a double was saved by Sloane from CIA custody. This, of course, all ties into my theory that Sloane is behind P5.
I do have to give kudos to Elena for her patience and stamina. She ultimately had been working towards her evil end game for nearly 25 years. She took Nadia, had her placed in an SD-6 like cell, had Sloane and the Clone do all her dirty work and then struck while the iron was hot. She was one tough lady, until Irina put a bullet in her head. That is another aspect of family relationships, but I won’t go into that now! HAHA!
So, have I missed something? Did I clear anything up for anyone, or did I further your confusion? Stay tuned for tips on watching tonight's eppy! Happy Hiatus! (Poor Robetron, I know he is crying right now!)
PS- I found the Season 4 DVD Easter Egg, or the secret extra. On disc 6 (with Vaughn on it) select "bonus" and scroll down to the "deleted scenes." Don't select it, just highlight it. Then click twice to the left and once down. A red cursor will appear over Alias Seasn 4. Click on that. It's a short film of the holiday hiatus party on the set of Alias. It's cute!